The dark side of working from home isn’t always apparent right away.
It starts off innocently enough. You begin working from home and you start to let little things slide. Your appearance is no longer of the highest importance. Your schedule begins to morph into a fluid thing instead of something rigid. Your pets begin to tire of you. You aren’t sure, but you think you may be melting into your couch and losing the ability to converse naturally with other human beings.
You are beginning to experience the hilarious dark side of working from home – and if you are, you’ll find The Oatmeal’s take on the whole experience both relateable and entertaining. We couldn’t republish all of the comics from his working from home series here due to language, but trust us – these will get the point across perfectly.
If you’ve ditched the office and know about the dark side of working from home, check these comics out and see if you can relate.
The Hilarious Dark Side of Working from Home
First up on the dark side of working from home: The imminent degradation of social skills.
Notice how The Oatmeal has divided this process into three time segments: One month in, six months in, and one year in. That’s because each time you think you’ve found the rock bottom of social skills due to working from home, the floor will suddenly give out beneath you and put you in an entirely new level of social cluelessness. See below.
Next up on the dark side of working from home: The pesky loss of regimen.
This is a funny little trait developed after working from home for a while. It will often result in you working at 3:17am without thinking there’s anything wrong with it – in fact, it may result in you christening the wee hours of the morning as your “productivity hours.” It’s not the worst thing that can happen when you start working from home, but it definitely wreaks havoc on your sleep schedule. See below.
Finally, the dark side of working from home has a lot to do with distractions. Look over there!
Well, perhaps it would be better labeled distractions and procrastination. The distractions you experience working from home are many. After all, in the office, you’re not near your pets, pantry, TV, reminders of every household chore that needs to be done, etc. At home, you’re surrounded by things you’d probably rather do than work. That makes it all too easy to procrastinate, and if you’ve been working from home for a while, the distractions that are able to tear you away from productivity start to get more and more vacuous. See below.
The Oatmeal did a fantastic job outlining the dark side of working from home. Working from home is definitely a mixed bag – there are as many pros as there are cons. If you’re thinking about taking a step back from the office and working from home, read this post about the perks of working from home (cool infographic included!).